Community Betterment Funds

Community Betterment Funds

The following are funds that were established by local philanthropists to support a variety of causes and interests. 
Funds are listed alphabetically so please be sure to scroll down to read about how they are each making an impact in our community.

By clicking on "Give Now!" you will be directed to the Canada Helps website. This online donating tool will guide you through the process of giving to the fund(s) that interest you! Alternatively, you may contact our office at 519-725-1806 ext. 206 to make a donation over the telephone.

Alex Schmidt Memorial Fund

In 2007, Mike and Suzanna tragically lost their 15 year old son Alex.  In an effort to manage their grief and honour their son's memory, Alex's parents and his brother Jordan, decided to set up a memorial fund at The KWCF. 

With help from friends and colleagues, Alex's family hosts the Alex Schmidt Memorial Fund 5 Km Fun Run/Walk each year on the first Saturday in October.  Proceeds from the Run/Walk are used to build the fund and support the work of Pathways to Education - a program to which Alex's family is very committed.  Pathways reaches out to teenagers from at-risk and/or economically disadvantaged communities.

Get involved! Click HERE for the October 1st, 2011 Fun Run/Walk pledge form.

For more information about Alex Schmidt click HERE.

Amy Hallman Snyder Award Fund

This award is in the memory of Amy Hallman Snyder who, like many women of her time, used crafts as a form of recreation. These women were artists and were never recognized for their beautiful textile work such as knitting, crocheting, and quilt making.

This award was originally earmarked for the Waterloo County and Area Quilt Festival, which is no longer operational. In 2008, The Amy Hallman Snyder Award was introduced by the KW Arts Awards as a new award category: an award specifically to recognize textile, fibre, and quilting arts in Waterloo Region.

To learn more about this award or to nominate someone click HERE.

Canadian Clay and Glass Endowment Fund

The Canadian Clay and Glass Endowment Fund was established in 2001 by an Anonymous Donor to support the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery in their mission of fostering interaction among artworks, artists, and the community.

You can learn more about the Canadian Clay & Glass Gallery by clicking HERE.

Community Service Fund - Lions Club of Kitchener

In 2009, the Lions Club of Kitchener established the Community Service Fund to support the causes they care about most and provide a legacy of giving for their community, now and for generations to come.

Each year the Club organizes and runs the K-W Santa Claus Parade and Citizen of the Year awards. They help provide guide dogs for the visually and physically handicapped as well as hearing impaired citizens.

Annually, the Lions Club disperses over $100,000 to organizations promoting youth sports and exchange programs, sight conservation, support for the elderly and poverty-stricken, prenatal health, and to local hospitals.

Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Award Fund

In 1967, the Literary Awards started as a Centennial project of the Kitchener Public Library and were named for Dorothy Shoemaker, the former Chief Librarian, who was an ardent supporter of aspiring writers throughout her career. During the 1980s, the contest was administered by the Southern Ontario Library Service and the participation grew to include much of Southwestern Ontario. In 1996, when government cutbacks threatened the continuation of the awards, Dorothy Shoemaker generously set up a designated endowment fund through The Kitchener and Waterloo Community Foundation which was subsequently named in her honour as the Dorothy Shoemaker Literary Award Fund.

Dorothy Shoemaker died on October 5, 2000 at the age of 94. The inspiration and encouragement she gave writers over the years continues through this annual Literary Contest.

Click HERE to learn more about this literary award.

France-Anne Sweeny - Making a Difference Fund

'Don't just stand by, stand up' was a phrase passionately used by a remarkable young woman whose life was tragically cut short as a result of a horse-back riding accident in May of 2009.  These few words provided the foundation on which France-Anne Sweeny built her life's dreams, ambitions, and passions.  

Establishing a legacy in France-Anne's memory was deeply important to her family.  The France-Anne Sweeny - Making a Difference Fund includes a student award and scholarship in France-Anne's name. Students chosen to receive the scholarships must exhibit many of France-Anne's special qualities and characteristics - leadership, empathy, integrity - to name a few.  

Like France-Anne, you can make a difference too.

Click HERE to learn more about France-Anne.


Remembering France-Anne. Click HERE to read the article in the Record on May 7, 2010.

Med Ed Enhancement Fund

In March of 2006, the University of Waterloo and McMaster University announced the creation of a Waterloo Regional Campus of the Michael G. DeGroote School of Medicine, located in the Health Sciences Campus in downtown Kitchener.

The Med Ed Enhancement Fund supports current needs of the campus such as student assistance, faculty development, education enhancements, and general needs such as equipment.

Learn more about the Med Ed Enhancement Fund by clicking HERE.

Nancy Paul-Fisher Memorial Fund

On September 6, 2011 the world lost an extraordinary woman, mother, wife, and grandmother as Nancy Paul-Fisher passed away after a brief illness.  Nancy was a high spirited, passionate woman who inspired and encouraged all who met her to believe in the best life had to offer even when life didn't unfold as planned.

Nancy's legacy of love and compassion will continue as an Endowment Fund at The KWCF that will benefit Anselma House.

Before passing, Nancy wrote a chapter in the book titled "Embracing Your Authentic Self." For more information on this book click HERE.

The Unsung Heroes Fund

In the early 1970's, Horace Coelho bought a one-way ticket from India to Montreal to seek a better life.  Unfortunately Canada was facing a major recession and he had a difficult time finding employment and accommodations.  Luckily Horace was introduced to "Hazel" - a poor widow who welcomed him into her home.  She provided him with food, shelter, and much needed support.  Weeks later Horace was able to secure a job - one that has led him into a very successful 30+year career.

Horace and his wife Rita have met many "Hazels" in their life - those humble people who have made a significant impact on the day-to-day lives of others and have no expectation of recognition or reward.

The Coelho's have started the Unsung Heroes Fund as a tribute to the often forgotten group of people who quietly make a difference behind the scenes.

The Victoria D'Agostino Children's Benefit Fund

Victoria D'Agostino was admired by everyone whose lives she touched.  Her kindness and generosity towards others, combined with her enthusiasm for life were inspirations to all who knew her.  Tragically, all of this promise for an exceptional future was brought to a sudden end when eight-year-old Victoria met an untimely death in December of 2002. 

Friends of the family decided to encourage in the lives of others those qualities that Victoria had displayed during her own short life.  A fund set up in Victoria's name is helping to build a better community by providing special awards to grade 6 students in Waterloo Region who exhibit a loving and generous spirit towards others and who demonstrate sportsmanship and athletic accomplishment, academic excellence, and good citizenship.

"From our children. For our children." is the Victoria D'Agostino Children's Benefit Fund's catchphrase and captures the inspiration for Victoria's legacy.

University of Waterloo Research + Technology Park Activities Committee Fund

Tenants from the University of Waterloo Research + Technology Park have banded together to make a difference in their community now and for the future.

A committee representing the tenants from the Park including RIM, Open Text, Sybase, Google, and the Accelerator Centre, has established a fund to support their favourite causes and charities.  Inspiring other corporate communities to get involved, the committee uses the UW Research + Technology Park Activities Committee Fund as a target for all of their fundraising - including golf tournaments, barbecues, and Christmas parties.

Participate in the 2010 R+T Park Charity Golf Tournament!  Click here for details!


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